As it happened: Francois Hollande's inauguration

Key points

  • Francois Hollande has been sworn in as France's next president.
  • The new leader said he would fight for unity and reconciliation, and lead by example.
  • Mr Hollande says he is fully aware of the challenges facing France, including the debt deficit and high unemployment.
  • "My mandate is to bring France back to justice, open up a new way in Europe, contribute to world peace and preserve the planet," Mr Hollande said.
  • After a day of ceremonies, the new president has flown to Berlin to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
  • All times in GMT

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  • Alexandra Fouché 
  • Olivia Lang 
  • Stephanie Holmes 

Last updated 15 May 2012

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